Document Type

Thesis

Date of Award

5-31-1993

Degree Name

Master of Science in Occupational Safety and Health Engineering - (M.S.)

Department

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

First Advisor

Howard Gage

Second Advisor

Min-Yong Park

Third Advisor

Layek Abdel-Malek

Abstract

Academic laboratories are presented with the unique challenge of ensuring the health and safety of all people involved in daily activities. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently enacted the regulation 29 CFR 1910.1450, "Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories," which applies to all private employers (including colleges and universities). In this work, a guide is developed to assist private colleges and universities comply with applicable governmental regulations and to ensure the health and safety of all individuals involved with laboratory activities.

Academic laboratories warrant special consideration because of the nature of experimentation (variation in research and classroom activities) and the large turnover in personnel (students). The presented document, "Laboratory Health and Safety Compliance Guide for Private Colleges and Universities" enables each academic institution to select the appropriate material to develop a comprehensive health and safety program tailored to its specific needs. The proper utilization of the guide will not only ensure compliance with applicable governmental regulations, but will also provide a safe environment in which to work, study and learn.

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